UKaid, PERL, Supports Borno Govt Developing MTSS Plan Strengthen Health System

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By Inusa Ndahi, Maiduguri
United Kingdom Aid (UKaid) and Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) have supported the Borno State Government on how to develop a Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) plan in the Health system for the year 2019, 2020 and 2021.
This was disclosed by state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Salisu Kwayabura on Monday while he led a stakeholder Delegations at a 3-Day meeting in Abuja to strengthen the health sector in the state.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry of health, Mustapha Bukar said, the support offered by these organizations on developing the MTSS plan is also aimed at strengthening good governance processes in accountability, transparency in repositioning the health sector commence sector plan that will inform the 2020-2022 medium term budget.
Bukar in his welcome address at Bolton White Conference Hall, Garki II, Abuja, revealed that the meeting which is apt and timely became imperative address most of the challenges and constraints in the health sector, particularly now that most of people displaced by the insurgency have gone back to their liberated communities, and are in dare need of healthcare services.
While commending the effort of governor Kashim Shettima for giving priority attention and support to the health sector, the Permanent Secretary said that the MTSS meeting will create an enabling environment to brainstorm, reconvene back to the state and meet with other relevant stakeholders to develop a document, in order to achieve set goals and objectives towards providing more health personnel, build capacity, medical equipment, drugs and accessibility to health care services for all citizenry.
He also appreciated support from development partners like the UKaid, PERL and other organizations/stakeholders in addressing the missing gaps in the health sector of the state.
In his presentation, Mallam Ali Garba who is one of the facilitators, duel extensively on the objectives, approach and conceptual framework of MTSS.
Garba noted that, MTSS is of critical importance, because, it will ensure that government expenditures reflect government priorities as articulated in each year’s budgetary provisions, promotes transparency and facilitates monitoring, evaluation and data driven procedures.
Representative of PERL, Mrs Elizabeth Sara in her goodwill message, said, the organization is fully committed to support the health sector in Borno State considering the magnitudes of collateral damages posed by insurgency in the last 10 years.
In an interview with the Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BOSPHCDA), Dr. Sule Meleh, said MTSS planning session is key to success story, as it would give clear direction to the stakeholders on proper implementation process of projects under the supervision, monitoring and evaluation by the health workers in the state.
Other stakeholders who attended the meeting were drawn from the Ministries of Health, Finance, Budget and Planning, Borno State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Media, Civil Society Groups among others.

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